February 1, 2024 at 8:43 a.m.

On the website of St. Madeleine Sophie School, their motto states to “Be Humble, Be Simple and Bring Joy to Others.” And that is what the school that is located on Carman Road in Schenectady has been doing for nearly 65 years.

The school, which is made up of pre-kindergarten students through Grade 5, is first and foremost rooted in faith as their mission statement reads:

“St. Madeleine Sophie Catholic School is a parish elementary school that provides an environment in which parents and teachers collaborate in giving youth a complete Catholic education. We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ by fulfilling our Christian obligations toward family, Church and society. We provide a quality learning community comprised of pre-kindergarten through grade five students. Our school is rooted in faith. We work to provide academic excellence by recognizing, respecting and nurturing the unique gifts of our students, enabling them to reach their full potential.”

The Thursday before Catholic Schools Week, photographer Cindy Schultz spent a day at the school to bring Evangelist readers this photo essay.